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Donald

PLYMOUTH, MA, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Tatiana: An Arkady Renko Novel, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Martin Cruz Smith
    • Narrated By Henry Strozier
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (144)

    One of the iconic investigators of contemporary fiction, Arkady Renko - cynical, analytical, and quietly subversive - has survived the cultural journey from the Soviet Union to the New Russia, only to find the nation as obsessed with secrecy and brutality as was the old Communist dictatorship. In Tatiana, Martin Cruz Smith’s most ambitious novel since Gorky Park, the melancholy hero finds himself on the trail of a mystery as complex and dangerous as modern Russia herself.

    Richard Delman says: "Extremely disappointing. Renko fades away."
    "Gotta Love Arkady Renko"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    This isn't up there with Gorky Park, but it is a very well written suspense tale that keeps you listening for more. Very well performed. Some nice twists and turns. I bought the written version for my wife and she enjoyed it as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An American Spy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Olen Steinhauer
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (172)

    With only a handful of “tourists” - CIA-trained assassins - left, Weaver would like to move on and use this as an opportunity to regain a normal life, a life focused on his family. His former boss in the CIA, Alan Drummond, can’t let it go. When Alan uses one of Milo’s compromised aliases to travel to London and then disappears, calling all kinds of attention to his actions, Milo can’t help but go in search of him. Worse still, it's beginning to look as if Tourism's enemies are gearing up for a final, fatal blow.

    Joanne says: "Very complicated"
    "Right up there with the Tourist"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    Not sure why there were so many not great reviews on this third Milo Weaver installment as compared to the first two books. I thoroughly enjoyed it and found the juxtapositioning of the different characters in different time frames in different parts of the world to be interesting. Kept me engaged right to the end. love Olen Steinhauers style...great characters, engaging and believable story lines populated with "real" people.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (7252)
    Performance
    (6593)
    Story
    (6606)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Well Done."
    Overall
    Performance
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    Any additional comments?

    This was my first audio book and I didn't realize that Galbraith was a pen name for Rowling. A really outstanding performance by Robert Glenister...he really individualized the characters. Very interesting characters by the author and good sleuth work. I really liked the main character Cormorant Stryke and his administrative sidekick. I bought the written version for my wife.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gray Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4238)
    Performance
    (3215)
    Story
    (3191)

    Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

    David says: "They Run, They Fight, They Run Some More"
    "Lacks Believability. Completely Implausible."
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    The only really good thing about this book is the performance by Jay Snyder. The story line is completely ridiculous and simply not believable. At every stop on the way our main character gets another injury while still taking out multiple assassins. By the time he reaches the destination he should be dead...but he still single handedly destroys around another 20 bad guys. It simply isn't plausible and I know its fiction but come on!!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Night Film: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Marisha Pessl
    • Narrated By Jake Weber
    Overall
    (1289)
    Performance
    (1151)
    Story
    (1170)

    On a damp October night, beautiful young Ashley Cordova is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Though her death is ruled a suicide, veteran investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. As he probes the strange circumstances surrounding Ashley’s life and death, McGrath comes face-to-face with the legacy of her father: the legendary, reclusive, cult-horror-film director Stanislas Cordova - a man who hasn’t been seen in public for more than thirty years.

    Jacqueline says: "A M A Z I N G"
    "Worth The Time"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    This is a long book, but it is well written and not overly descriptive. Keeps you on your toes and the performance is top notch.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chiefs

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1537)
    Performance
    (944)
    Story
    (941)

    In 1919, Delano, Georgia, appoints its first chief of police. Honest and hardworking, the new chief is puzzled when young men start to disappear. But his investigation is ended by the fatal blast from a shotgun. Delano's second chief-of-police is no hero, yet he is also disturbed by what he sees in the missing-persons bulletins. In 1969, when Delano's third chief takes over, the unsolved disappearances still haunt the police files.

    Old Hippy says: "Absolutely Terrific!"
    "Age Old Topic"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    This book started out much better than it ended...it could have easily been edited down to two volumes, overly descriptive. The performance by Hammer is really top notch and kept me into it. The description of the book is a bit misleading as the real purpose here seems to be to rehash the history of the south and civil rights, which is fine, but I've been through that in many other books. There is a mystery of missing persons and that does get tied in throughout the novel but in reality that is a sub plot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thirteen Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Deon Meyer, K. L. Seegers (translator)
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    Some would call Detective Benny Griessel a legend. Others would call him a drunk. He has trodden on too many toes over the years ever to reach the top of the promotion ladder, and now he concentrates on staying sober and mentoring the new generation of crime fighters: mixed race, Xhosa, and Zulu. But when an American backpacker disappears in Capetown, panicked politicians know who to call....

    Dennis says: "A window into urban Africa"
    "Really worth it"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    My first book by Deon Meyer. Listening...is a little difficult at first to follow the characters because of their strange sounding names, but you catch on quick enough. The performance is really outstanding and well done...Vance really makes you feel you are there. The story, as the title implies, takes place over 13 hours. Tension and drama from the get go. The police work is top notch and realistic. Excellent characters and character development. I'm often critical of this type novel because they don't deliver...this one does.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breaking Point: A Joe Pickett Novel Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By C. J. Box
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (537)
    Performance
    (467)
    Story
    (466)

    The recipient of Edgar, Anthony, and Macavity Awards, New York Times best-selling author C. J. Box has won almost every honor in his field. In Breaking Point, Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett is glad to catch up with old friend Lyle Pendergast, but then the man goes missing and is named a suspect in the death of two EPA employees. All signs point to Lyle’s guilt, but the more Joe digs into the case, the more he realizes he’s stepped into the middle of a deadly power play.

    Ronna says: "My favorite author does it again!!"
    "It's a political rant"
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    What did you like best about Breaking Point? What did you like least?

    Not much. Who wants politics when reading entertainment especially when nothing in the description leads you to believe that's the purpose


    Was Breaking Point worth the listening time?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    If you're a right wing wack job you'll love it. The author rails against the EPA, asbestos removal laws, lead paint removal laws...basically anything that's there to protect the environment because he must figure no regulation is best. So the story is cloaked in this political BS point of view. A real turn off. If I wanted political ranting I would go elsewhere...I don't want it in books I read for entertainment. Had to stop listening. The performance is top rate however.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The October List

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (72)

    Two days ago, Gabriela's life was normal. Then, out of the blue, she gets word that her six-year-old daughter has been taken. She's given an ultimatum: Pay half a million dollars and find a mysterious document known as the "October List" within 30 hours, or she'll never see her child again. A mind-bending novel with twists and turns that unfold from its dramatic climax back to its surprising beginning, The October List is Jeffery Deaver at his masterful, inventive best.

    Cynthia Rielley says: "Yuck"
    "What a disappointment"
    Overall
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    What disappointed you about The October List?

    I've read several Jeffery Deaver books and liked them a lot. This one is a piece of literary junk. Beware, the book starts at the almost end and works its way backwards. Very disjointed and this method prevents any kind of character development. This is the only audio book I have ever stopped listening to. I think the editors knew the story was terrible and came up with this ridiculous backwards gimmick. Deaver must have needed some cash. A huge disappointment, I feel ripped off.


    What was most disappointing about Jeffery Deaver’s story?

    The backwards gimmick, zero interesting characters because there is no character development...on top of that, the story itself simply isn't good.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by January LaVoy?

    Maybe, the weak story line and gimmick didn't help her, but I didn't particularly care for the delivery,.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger...ripped off.


    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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